Downloading YouTube videos is easy, and there are lots of reasons to give it a try. For example. Downloading YouTube videos is also great if you have a mobile plan with a limited data allowance. You can download them to your phone using your home Wi-Fi, and watch them on the move without risking going over your data allocation.
Best of all, you can do it free. YouTube itself provides some free tools for the job on both desktop and mobile , and there are third-party free YouTube downloaders that you can use as well. Read on to find out how. If you only want to save music from videos, or strip out the audio to turn it into a podcast, check out our guide to the best YouTube to MP3 converters and the best free video editors for Windows, macOS and Linux. Using a mobile device?
The best video editor for iPhone might be more your thing. That said, YouTube does offer some ways to download videos through its web service and its own apps. It doesn't just grab videos — it can also convert them into virtually any format, rips content from DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and lets you burn your own. It handles 4K content with ease, too. It's not free, unlike the software below, but you won't find a more powerful tool.
Edit your Youtube videos with Adobe Premiere Elements If you're open to spending some money on your video editing software you'll find the quality of your videos improving massively.
With more features, filters and wizards available to you, you'll be able to do things with your video that are well beyond what you get from any free options.
View Deal. This versatile software is completely free, and can download whole playlists, as well as degree and 3D videos. When it's done, check the box marked 'Launch' and click 'Finish'. Open your web browser, find the video you want to download from YouTube and copy its URL from the address bar. The software will retrieve information about the video and give you a choice of quality options. These will vary depending on the quality of the original video, but the software can download YouTube videos in 4K if it's available.
Choose your preferred selection using the drop-down menu on the left, then choose a format using the menu on the right. We prefer MP4 for our videos, because it gives a good balance of quality and file size — and will play on basically every device. Then, choose your quality. For playing back video on your TV or PC, we recommend picking the highest resolution, but bear in mind that this will take longer and will take up more space. Luckily, you can check the estimated file size on the left to see how much space it will take.
You can also choose where the downloaded video should be saved using the 'Browse' button at the bottom. Once you're happy, click 'Download'. The YouTube video will now be downloaded for you. If there are other videos in the creator's channel, 4K Video Downloader will ask whether you want to download those as well. It can download up to 24 videos at once. Once the video has finished downloading, you can find it in the destination folder, or right-click it in 4K Video Downloader and select 'Play'. Unless you adjust the settings, the video will stay in this list until you choose to remove it — even if you close and restart the software.
If you often download videos in the same format, check out Smart Mode. This saves your download preferences and loads them automatically. Click the lightbulb icon at the top right and next time you paste a URL into 4K Video Downloader, it will be downloaded instantly with the last settings you used.
The TubeMate video downloader isn't available on the Google Play Store Google isn't too keen on YouTube downloaders , so first of all you'll need to allow your Android device to install and run apps downloaded from other places. Be cautious when you turn on this setting, as you'll want to make sure you only download apps you know are safe. Open up 'Settings' and go to 'Security'. Scroll down and next to where it says 'Unknown sources', tap the toggle to turn this setting on.
Now, on your Android device visit the TubeMate YouTube Downloader website and select one of the verified sites to download it from. Once TubeMate has downloaded, run the file and tap 'Install', then tap 'Open'.
You'll then be informed which permissions the video downloader needs to run. If you're happy to proceed, let it go ahead and the app will launch. TubeMate looks much like the official YouTube Android app, with a black background.
Search for a video and begin playing it, then tap the red 'Download' button that appears at the bottom right. When you're happy, tap the red 'Download' button again. The video will download in the background, so you can keep using your phone as normal — though downloading videos uses a lot of juice and might make your batter run down faster. You can also add YouTube videos to a queue to download later.
This handy if you're currently using 4G and want to wait until you have Wi-Fi before downloading any large files. On iOS, the trick is to install a clever little app called Documents. The process is a little fiddly but still straightforward. Open Documents and look for its web browser icon, which is the little compass at the bottom right of the display. Tap on that and go to savefrom.
Paste the address of the YouTube clip in the big input box, choose the quality options you prefer and the file will start to download. All you need to do is add the link and choose the quality options, and you can download multiple clips at once. If you have a YouTube Premium subscription, you'll enjoy various perks, including the ability to download videos to watch offline without third-party software. Once the video has downloaded from YouTube successfully, you can find it in your Library or Account tab. You must be signed into your account to watch downloaded videos, and you can't respond to videos with comments or likes when watching them offline.
Video downloading apps usually give you a choice of file formats. If you're not too fussed about video quality, 3GP is the file format for you. It's perfect for small-screened mobile phones and awful on anything else, but the files are tiny — which matters on old mobiles, as they don't usually have very much on-board storage or any memory expansion capabilities.
For maximum compatibility we'd suggest sticking with MP4. The next decision you'll need to make is the video quality. That's because YouTube streams in multiple qualities ranging from 3GP for old mobiles to p high definition for big HD displays. The higher the quality the bigger the file, so the trick is to balance quality and size: unless you're watching on a really big screen, you can probably manage without p quality unless you've got oodles of spare storage although p video won't look good on an HD display.
Unless you have unlimited storage capacity, the trade-off usually means finding the lowest video quality that you can tolerate on the display you'll be watching the video on. If the video you're downloading has music, it doesn't matter what video quality you choose — the soundtrack has the same bitrate whether you go for a p video or a p one.
That's because YouTube's audio and video streams are two separate things, so adjusting the video quality doesn't make any difference to the quality of the soundtrack. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Back to School Is downloading YouTube videos legal?
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